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Forum Staff Reports, Published August 13 2009

Early review gives 'Madden 10' good grade, video game released tonight at midnight

The wait for one of the most popular video games is almost over. "Madden NFL 10" will be released at midnight tonight with Gamestop in Fargo (the location on South 45th Street) opening at midnight to accommodate the immediate demand that comes with one of the most popular video games annually.

Best Buy will not be open at midnight to sell the game.

Early reviews are giving the game good marks, with Dirk Lammers of the Associated Press giving it four of out four stars.

Lammers says, "Athlete and stadium models that looked great last year jump off the screen with improved lighting effects and the addition of depth of field, which blurs out the background to make the foreground appear more vibrant."

Lammers says game play is much of the same that was found in the '09 version. Some of the new features are gang tackles, fighting for fumbles under piles and game controllers "will rumble when a rusher nears the quarterback, allowing those with pocket presence to scramble to keep a play alive. And unlike previous 'Madden' versions in which the passer was either sacked or got the throw off, a clutched quarterback can inadvertently slam a ball into the ground or toss a lob that's up for grabs by lumbering linemen.

He closes the review by writing "the attention to detail in 'Madden NFL 10' is astounding, and it's almost worth giving others the controls for a game or two and just sit back and take in all the visuals."